What is a detached retina?

Retinal detachment occurs when the thin lining at the back of your eye called the retina begins to pull away from the blood vessels that supply it with oxygen and nutrients. Without prompt treatment, it will lead to blindness in the affected eye. Most people will experience warning signs that indicate their retina is at […]

What is a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)?

Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a change in your eye which does not normally cause sight loss. It is very common and most of us will develop it at some point in our lives. Although it can cause some frustrating symptoms, it does not cause pain, harm the eye, or change the way the eye […]

What is Age -Related Macular Degeration (AMD)?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a painless eye condition that generally leads to the gradual loss of central vision but can sometimes cause a rapid reduction in vision. In AMD, your central vision becomes increasingly blurred, leading to symptoms such as: difficulty reading because the text appears blurry colours appearing less vibrant difficulty recognising people’s […]

What is a Cataract?

Cataracts are cloudy patches that develop in the lens of your eye and can cause blurred or misty vision. They are very common. The lens is the transparent structure that sits just behind your pupil (the black dot in the centre of your eye). It allows light to get to the back of your eye […]

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a term that describes a group of eye conditions that affect vision where raised pressure in your eye causes damage to the the optic nerve (which connects the eye to the brain) and the nerve fibres from the retina (the light-sensitive nerve tissue that lines the back of the eye). Glaucoma often affects […]

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is redness and inflammation of the thin layer of tissue that covers the front of the eye (conjunctiva). It is very common. People often refer to conjunctivitis as red eye. Other symptoms of conjunctivitis include itchiness and watering of the eyes, and sometimes a sticky coating on the eyelashes (if it’s caused by an […]

What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis occurs when the edge of your eyelids become inflamed. It is usually caused by an infection or a skin condition. There are two main types of blepharitis: anterior blepharitis – where the inflammation affects the skin around the base of your eyelashes posterior blepharitis – where the inflammation affects your Meibomian glands (found on […]

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome, or dry eye disease, is a common condition that occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. This leads to the eyes drying out and becoming inflamed (red and swollen) and irritated. The symptoms of dry eye syndrome usually affect both eyes and often include: […]